Friday, July 31, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday


Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!



I love that my husband considers my needs and tries to help me when I need help. I am exhausted, between my Mother-in-law's illness and a baby that still (at 4 months) wakes to feed 2-3 times a night I am lacking in sleep. Earlier this week Aaron took the 4 older kids to run errands with him so I could nap. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to nap because Sarah wouldn't cooperate . . . but I love that he tried!! Thanks Aaron.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

You Capture - Friends

This weeks You Capture theme is Friends. This past weekend we had a get-together with my extended family. It's really great to see the next generation of our family playing and being friends. This photo may not be a great shot of "friends", but when I look at it I see cousins who are also great friends.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In His Word Wednesday


1 At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pick heads of wheat and eat them. 2 But when the Pharisees saw this they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath.” 3 He said to them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry –4 how he entered the house of God and they ate the sacred bread, which was against the lawfor him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests? 5 Or have you not read in the law that the priests in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are not guilty? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what this means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”

9 Then Jesus left that place and entered their synagogue. 10 A man was there who had a withered hand. And they asked Jesus, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” so that they could accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Would not any one of you, if he had one sheep that fell into a pit on the Sabbath, take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and it was restored, as healthy as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted against him, as to how they could assassinate him.


Our outward acts are worthless if your heart is not right. Jesus doesn't care about doing the right things...he cares about the attitude behind the things we do. We are to have the heart of a servant, putting others ahead of ourselves.

I also want to thank everyone for their continued prayers for my mother-in-law. She has made tremendous improvements in the last week. We would appreciate your prayers for her continued recovery. Edited to add: Her infection numbers are way up again this morning and she is once again breathing rapidly. Please pray they can figure this stuff out.


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

McLinky Blog Hop - Favorite Kid's Photo



This is my first time joining in the MckLinky Blog Hop. This weeks theme is favorite Kid's photos. So, here we go!
I love this picture of Rachel and Jada.



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Gratituesday


I am very thankful to my parents for taking care of the kids over the last few weeks.  I would have gone crazy taking care of 5 kids in the waiting room of the hospital.  It was nice to not need to worry about the kids . . . knowing they were in good hands.  Thanks Mom and Dad!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Quick recap of family life!

I've been missing the last few weeks.  But, we've had several things happen while I was gone.  
  • My mother-in-law first went in the hospital on Caleb's birthday.   On the Friday of that week we celebrated his birthday with my family at my brother's house.  We did a little swimming (it was a little cool - so it really was a LITTLE) and had fun together.  For some reason  (probably exhaustion!) I didn't take any pictures that night.
  • The kids were able to attend one day of VBS.  They were very disappointed that they weren't able to go all week - but the wonderful leaders made several of the crafts for them throughout the week and gave it to them on Sunday!
  • The second week we were down there, the boys went with us.   One evening, after spending the day in the hospital, Aaron took the boys to the new Harry Potter.  They didn't get home until after midnight - which the boys thought was great!
  • Box Day!  All of our school books came one week while we were gone.  So, the following weekend we had box day.   Rachel is super excited about school this year (she's in Kindergarten) the boys . . . not so much!   Caleb turned the box into a car that they played in for quite awhile.

  • We harvested the first fruits from the garden!  The red peppers aren't from our garden (mine shriveled up and died), but the rest of the veggies are.  It was yummy!!

  • Last Sunday we got a call that Josiah had a cut that they think needed stitches.  After having the hospital call to get our permission, he got 5 stitches right above his eye. The story is that Caleb threw snow making brick in the air and it fell and hit Jo in the eyebrow.  Jo was very brave and didn't cry at all while he was having the stitches put in.   He was the first kid at our house to get stitches.   Thanks, Mom, for taking such good care of him and his stitches.  He had them removed yesterday and they said it looks good.
    (Picture taken by my Mom)
  • Caleb went to week long camp for the first time!   I wasn't even able to drop him off.  :(   He had a great time and can't wait to go again next year!  I got some pictures off his camera (I'll send you the ones with Chi in them, Megan) . . . here's a couple:


Hopefully within the next few weeks life will get back to normal!  I had planned on starting school next Monday - we'll have to see if that happens . . . probably not.

Christmas in July

Every year my extended family (on my Mom's side) celebrate Christmas in July.  Most of the families camp out at the woods behind my Grandma's for the weekend (not us!  We do NOT camp without access to a bathroom, LOL!).   But, Saturday is the big event.  We start the day with a huge breakfast, then spend a fun-filled day of games and fellowship.  My camera battery died early on in the day . . . but here is a few of my favorite shots!   I took shots later in the day with my Mom's camera - I'm looking forward to seeing some of them!

This is my Uncle who we've been praying for.   He was released from the hospital the day before . . . after 16 days on a ventilator and weeks in the hospital.  He's a walking miracle and testament to God's power and answer to prayer!


Caleb with baby cousin Reuben.


The Ducky Game!



My niece, Halee, on a chair made from a bucket!


Caleb on the same bucket.




Sarah attracting loads of attention!




Cousins playing games together!


And, of course, playing in the dirt!



That's me hitting a golf ball as part of the games.



Eating breakfast!



More cousin fun!  (I did tell them to put the sticks down after I shot this picture as they were hitting each other with them!  Zack is trying to escape here!).

Menu Plan Monday


Here's our tentative plan for meals this week.   Any of it could change if my Mother-in-law gets woken up from her drug-induced coma or if her condition worsens.  In both cases we will go down earlier than late Wednesday night as planned.

Monday - Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Watermelon

Tuesday -  Grilled Chicken, Veggies, Fruit

Wednesday -  Breakfast for Dinner

Thursday -  Gone to In-law's (Eat out, unless someone brings food to the hospital)

Friday -   Out or Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Saturday -   Pizza



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I ♥ Faces - At the Beach



This week's theme at I Heart Faces is At the Beach.   I don't have any recent photos from the beach, so this is from several years ago at lake Michigan.

Friday, July 24, 2009

loving My Husband Friday



Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!






I love that my husband values life and is willing to fight for it.  He's sees human life as special and a gift from God - and not only worth fighting for when things are going well, but always.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In His Word Wednesday

Psalm 121


5 The Lord is your protector;

the Lord is the shade at your right hand.


6 The sun will not harm you by day,

or the moon by night.


7  The Lord will protect you from all harm

he will protect your life.  

8 The Lord will protect you in all you do, 

now and forevermore.


I would like to ask for continued prayer for my Mother-in-law.  She had a good day yesterday, but is still critically ill.   We are very excited about her small progresses . . . but are trying to take it one day at a time.   

I'd also like prayer for all my kids.  My oldest is at camp this week.  His wonderful aunt (thanks Megan!!) dropped him off because we were down at the hospital.  I'm sure he's having a great time - but it's even harder to have him away when I wasn't able to drop him off!  O.K. . . . maybe Mom's the one that needs prayer!  This is the third week my girls have been away from us.  My Mom (Thanks Mom!!!) is watching them, and even though they love being with Nanny, they are ready to just be home with Mom and Dad.  Josiah, on top of missing Mom and Dad, got 5 stitches on Sunday.  He is doing well and was very brave - but, once again, it's really hard on me to not be there with him when he's hurting.  This has been really hard on the whole family!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mother-in-Law Update

My mother-in-law is still  critically ill.  She has a disorder called ARDS caused by her original infection.  The ARDS is temporary lung damage . . . so the doctors are trying everything possible to keep her going.  We have had several major scares over the last week, but yesterday was a better day.  Yesterday afternoon the doctor decided to try a new bed - one that keeps her in the prone (face down) position and also rotates her.   It looks like a space capsule . . . it is really the weirdest thing!
It seems to be helping her blood gases and her kidney function (at least a little)  we're still waiting to see if her chest x-ray is better.   I really appreciate all the prayers on her behalf!

I am so thankful that the doctors are willing to try everything, even when they aren't holding out a lot of hope for a recovery.  None of the nurses working yesterday had ever seen this bed, so it is something not often used.  I just keep thinking about the healthcare bill being discussed by our government. . . I know there is a clause in there discussing weighing the cost of care with the age/condition of the patient.  I doubt under that plan my Mother-in-law would be given such excellent care.  

We know that she may not make it through . . . but that is God's decision!  We should do all we can to preserve life and fight for it!    I pray that other families will have the option to do everything they can to save their family member.   We would appreciate you continued prayers. Everytime things get really bad, she seems to take an upswing.   I believe that's because mass amounts of people are praying for her at that time.   Prayer works!





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Monday, July 20, 2009

I heart faces - feet















This weeks theme at I heart faces is feet. I took this picture at the beginning of the summer. I love the contrast between the flip flops and the boots. . . it makes me smile every time I look at it! Visit I heart Faces to see more feet!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday



Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!






I've spent a lot of time this week sitting in the waiting room, with a stream of people coming and going. As we're sitting there talking, I've heard several women whose husbands are either laid off or recently retired complain about having their husband around so much. That got me thinking - and one thing I love about my husband is that he is the one person who I love to be with. I feel like we don't have nearly enough time together and would love to be able to spend all my time with him. I'm not saying that we wouldn't have hobbies and some time by ourselves, but I just love being with him. Being together is better than being apart.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Things I Love Thursday


I love the body of believers that God has placed us in. I can feel them lifting us up in prayer - and 4 of them even drove the 3 hours to be with us at the hospital yesterday. God has blessed us and given us a church family that we love like family. They are some of the best people on earth!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Icky!

In His Word Wednesday


I'm asking for more prayer this morning.  My mother in law is not dong well- she seems to get a little bit worse every day.  Her WBC count is up this morning, she's running a low grade fever, they had to turn the oxygen up on her vent, having trouble with her blood pressure and hemoglobin. . . the list just seems to go on.   She is fighting hard - but they need to figure out what's going on so they are better equipped to fight.  It's so heartbreaking to watch someone you love suffering so - and feeling helpless.  Please pray for her and wisdom for the doctors.  Please pray for my father-in-law, husband and sister-in-law.  They are all three exhausted. . . both physically and emotionally.   I know God answers prayers - and we all know he is in control - we are resting in Him.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Building Our Marriage Challenge



Give a long good bye kiss as he heads off to work.

Sarah - 4 months old




To see how she's grown, see her at 3 months, 2 months, and 1 month.
Today is Menu Plan Monday - but no menu plan for me.   We will be heading back down to my in-laws.  We fully expected her to be off the vent when we got back down - but that doesn't seem to be the case.   She actually has gotten worse in the few days we were home. . . she now has pneumonia and her infectious markers are back up.  She could use lots of prayers.    I'll update periodically this week - but the internet in the hospital blocks certain sites so it might be intermittent.  Thanks for all your prayers.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Loving My Husband Friday


Loving My Husband Friday is for taking the time to focus on the positives of marriage. A time to build up your marriage and your spouse. Focus on something you love about your husband,
something he did to encourage you this week, or just a tip on how to keep your marriage strong. Let your husband know you're bragging on him...everyone loves praise and accolades. Try to spend the rest of your week focusing on all the great traits of your spouse...especially when your tempted to focus on the bad! And don't forget to pray for your husband and marriage as you write your post.

Add a link to your post to Mr. Linky. Then pray for the marriages of the others who post, and give each other a little encouragement to keep our marriages strong!


I love that my husband has such inner strength.  No matter what life throws his way he remains strong.   It's so nice to have someone to stand beside that keeps standing!!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mother-In-Law Update

Thank you for all your prayers!   My mother-in-law has been fighting an e-coli infection.  As of this morning it looks like the infection is no longer a problem.  But, her lungs were bruised while trying to fight the infection.   She is really struggling to breathe. . . she's taking around 50 breaths a minute.   She's on a C-Pap and they will put her on a ventilator if she doesn't improve by this afternoon.  Please keep praying.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Could you pray?

Yesterday, my mother-in-law was rushed to the hospital.   She has several infections and is septic.  They have her on 3 antibiotics . . . please pray that they work and she improves!   She is alert and her pain has diminished today, which we are very happy about.

My uncle has also been in the hospital for over a week with an infection.  I would appreciate prayers for him, as well.

Thank you!

Happy Birthday, Caleb!!

Yesterday, Caleb turned 9!  I can hardly believe that I have been a mother for 9 years.   We had fun celebrating yesterday.  We went out to eat at Red Lobster for Lunch.  Then, we went and saw the movie Monsters and Aliens.   The day was cut short, due to family emergency.   

Caleb is a kind and loving boy.   He is a great helper and does many chores around the house.  He is creative and loves to draw.   He is a wonderful big brother.   Happy Birthday Caleb!

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